PATACHARKUCHI, July 12 - Achyut Lahkar, who is known as the inventor of present-day mobile theatre concept, completed 85 years of age on July 9. A number of well-wishers and organisation visited his residence at Pathsala and greeted him on his birthday. Lahkar is presently physically weak due to old- age ailments and is mostly bedridden.
The Pathsala Press Club, Barpeta district AASU, Bajali Zila AJYCP, �Swardha� Pathsala, Youth Congress, Dr Ranjit Deka, Rector, Anundoram Barooah Academy and a large number of people attended a programme held at his residence. Ananta Mohan Sarma, representing Swardha, declared that the first issue of the Dipawali magazine which was published by Achyut Lahkar in 1952 will be reprinted by the organisation for preservation, as a mark of respect. Bijan Bayan from AJYCP, Nava Kanta Kalita from Patacharkuchi Press Club, Mantu Sarma from the Congress, journalist Pranab Goswami, Rana Deka also greeted Lahkar. Most of them alleged that Lahkar was deprived of the honour he deserved seeing his work. Krishna Roy, producer of Abahan Theater, appealed that he should be honoured with Sangeet Natak Academy award. Hiren Kalita of Pathsala Press Club anchored the programme, where a cake was formally cut by Lahkar.